BBB Names 2017 Torch Award For Ethics Winners

The winners of this year’s Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota’s  (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics were named at a ceremony held October 25 at U.S. Bank Stadium. BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recognize leading area businesses that uphold the highest standards and display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in every aspect of their day to day operations.

The 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics winners are:

  • Category I (1-10 employees):

Omega Force Services, Rogers, MN

  • Category II (11-50 employees):

Murphy Brothers Design, Build, Remodel, Blaine, MN

  • Category III (51 – 175 employees):

Discount Steel, Minneapolis, MN

  • Category IV (175+ employees)

Renewal by Andersen, LLC, Cottage Grove, MN

“Today was a true celebration of ethics,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “The spotlight shone on companies that have placed a premium on integrity and high standards.”

More than 300 business owners and community leaders attended today’s ceremony. Television and WCCO anchor Angela Davis emceed the event, and Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, served as keynote speaker.

“Celebrating this year’s champions of business ethics in the stadium where Super Bowl LII will be held in just a few months seemed fitting,” said David Aafedt, Chairman of the Board for BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, and shareholder and board member at Winthrop & Weinstine. “It took more than hard work for these businesses to become finalists and champions – it involved a conscious effort and a dedication to ethics at all levels.”

Six area students also received BBB Student of Integrity Scholarships. These awards are presented to Minnesota and North Dakota high school seniors who demonstrate through essay their understanding of ethics and the impact personal integrity has had on their lives. This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Josie Pechous, Hastings, MN – $5,000
  • Guarav Behera, Rochester, MN – $2,500
  • Thomas Thompson, Brainerd, MN – $2,500
  • Ashlen Wright, West Fargo – $2,500
  • Carter Northey, Esko, MN – $1,000
  • Pay Poe, Roseville, MN – $1,000

BBB presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year. They are open to all for-profit businesses located within the Minnesota and North Dakota region. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to the BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners. Nominees must be in good standing with BBB; however BBB Accreditation is not a requirement to compete.

Sponsors for the event were: iHeartMedia Minneapolis; Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Clear Channel Outdoor; EideCom; YPC Media; NFP Corporate Service; Luther Automotive Group; Best Buy; Comcast Business; and Rippe Print

Scholarship sponsors: North Star Resource Group; CenterPoint Energy; Border State Bank; Citizens Independent Bank; KleinBank; Plumb Right; SPIRE Credit Union; and Valley Pools & Spas

The mission of Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact BBB at or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.